Things have changed since that days that Dixon played at a place that is affectionately known as "The Swamp." These days it's not unusual to see a player start playing at one place and finish at another. Dixon surrounded himself with a coaching staff dedicated to building something special. Something for the community's future.
"Guys were in and out of the program, our program was transient," remembers Dixon. “Now there is a since of home. We are getting that sense of community back in Fairburn and I'm really excited. I tell everybody that I am trying to build a program for my kids. I want my son to come into this program and excel. So, it's all about the community for me."
That dedication to community seems to have taken hold. After going winless in Dixon's first season back, Creekside's turnaround has been swift. After the 2018 season ended, the team took one week off and went back to the weight room. The results raised more than a few eyebrows around Atlanta's southside that 2019 could be a very special year.
"The first year we went (0-10), so they were motivated," remembers Dixon. "Last year we were (8-4) and lost in the second round, so they were even more motivated. We return nine out of 11 on defense and six out of 11 on offense, so the expectation is pretty high at "The Swamp.”
Those eyebrows were raised even more when spring practices ended with a 35-35 tie against McEachern in their scrimmage game.
“We played McEachern and I thought we did pretty well," says Dixon. "I think that as a result we are even more competitive. Tying those guys was a good thing, but anytime you face a team like that you want to win."